The President of Yemen, His Excellency Mr Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, received on Tuesday 23 April 2013 Dr Ghulam R. Popal, the WHO Representative for Yemen, as his term as WHO Representative in Yemen came to an end. Mr Popal has served as WHO Representative since 2006.
During the meeting the President expressed his appreciation of the efforts of WHO as the lead agency for health in Yemen and the Organization's support to improving health coverage and expanding primary health care services. He also thanked Dr Popal for his support and leadership and wished him success in his future duties. » Full story
Dr Popal expressed his great appreciation for the cooperation he received during his tenure from all officials and authorities in Yemen, particularly the Ministry of Health, and praised the level of political commitment towards health development in the country.
Leishmaniasis is a major public health problem in the Eastern Mediterranean Region where cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis are both endemicLeprosy, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis are known, but neglected, diseases in Yemen. They are neglected due to their low mortality rate and lack of resources. These factors lead to problems in reaching large numbers of people and the consequences of long-term infection vary, but include disfiguring scars and ulcers, severe pain, limb deformities and damage to internal organs.
There is also a lack of information about the diseases, vectors, parasites and methods of transmission which also increases morbidity.
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